Reading the posts and comments here, one would get the idea that GNU/Linux is not advancing in the USA. Not so. Check out LXer’s database of migrations. By far, the most migrations listed are for the USA. Some of that could be language barriers since LXer is an English language site, but it is clear that many in the USA find GNU/Linux quite serviceable. Continue reading ‘GNU/Linux in USA’
Archive for May 29th, 2011
According to Al Jazeerah, “NATO aircraft destroyed guard towers at Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli, aaccording to a NATO official on Saturday, and staged a rare daytime air strike on the Libyan capital, stepping up pressure on the Libyan leader.”
“Guard towers” do not seem like the mandate Nato has to close the air-space or to protect civilians. I suspect this is a preparation to an assault on Bab al Azizia, Gaddafi’s HQ in Tripoli. It could also be something to rattle Gaddafi into departing.
If the US or its allies considered an assault on the place, the guard towers would be an obvious target. Normally I would expect such an attack to be made in the inital phases of an assault so it may be more probable that this is a pressure-tactic. We shall see. Purported discussions about Gaddafi’s departure may be accelerated by attacks on his compound.
This morning CBC News had a story about cleaning up Slave Lake, AB, razed by fire. One aspect is refrigeration equipment in Slave Lake being discarded because it contained spoiled food following a prolonged power outage. This is an extremely wasteful solution to a common problem. I have experienced it several times in my lifetime and there is a simple solution. Literally, the solution is a tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate/baking soda in a litre of water. Put the solution in a sprayer and crack open the door of the refrigeration unit just far enough to spray the interior. Close the door and wait a minute. Repeat a few times. Finally open the door fully and spray down the interior thoroughly. This will neutralize the acidic/sulphurous gases that cause the odour making it an easy job to transfer the contents to garbage bags for disposal. A final spraying and rinsing and wiping of the interior will have it as good as new saving hundreds of dollars on the price of new equipment and a load on the landfill.